3 positions the Jacksonville Jaguars must address in later rounds of 2023 NFL Draft
No. 1 position the Jaguars must address in later rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft: Quarterback
The Jaguars have a pretty good quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, who played at an extremely high level late in the 2022 season. Similarly, they have a dependable backup in C.J. Beathard, who signed a two-year deal to return to Jacksonville in free agency. As the say goes, better to go with the devil you know.
Having said that, the Jags shouldn't pass up the chance to pick a signal-caller late in the draft. Not to compete with Lawrence. That would be silly, as the former Clemson Tiger is firmly entrenched as the starter for years to come. Rather, general manager Trent Baalke should look for a young passer to develop.
As a matter of fact, the Jaguars should be replenishing their quarterback room on a yearly basis. Last year, they signed Brown's E.J. Perry as an undrafted free agent and also brought back Jake Luton to see if they could untap his potential. In the end, it doesn't seem like either one can turn into a solid backup, which is why it would make sense to invest a late-round selection in a signal-caller.
Even though this won't be a good year to draft a quarterback on Day 3, the Jaguars shouldn't pass up the chance to take one, and if he doesn't pan out, they can pick one the following year.
Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus recently graded a handful of quarterback prospects who are projected to be taken in the later rounds of the draft and there are a few names that stand out, such as Max Duggan (LSU) or Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA), both of whom should be available on Day 3.
Coincidentally, the Jags go with Thompson-Robinson in B&T's latest 7-round mock draft.